How do I create a will by LAWCHEK is providing our Wills & Estates book so individual readers will get answers to questions like "How do I create a will?" or "What does a will look like?" The Lawchek™ book provides free blank wills and estate forms along with sample will forms with the information already filled in so individual readers can see how a will should look. After reviewing this site you can be on the same page as your attorney when you ask the questions, "How do I create a will?" and "What does a will look like?" If you do not have an attorney you may find one on our directories here or at   Website

The purpose of this book is to provide the general public some information about wills. It is a reference manual that should answer basic questions like, "How do I create a will?" The questions recited in this manual are the more commonly asked questions of attorneys when a client first makes contact for the purpose of drafting a will. Neither this manual nor the subject matter contained within is in any way a substitute for legal advice. For legal advice, an attorney must be consulted. The design of this manual is elementary and is, by no means, a comprehensive assessment of a particular legal discipline. It will, however, allow the reader to better understand the various aspects of wills and estates.

Hopefully, the use of this manual will lessen the personal agony of attempting to look up the answers to the questions covered. Additionally, the manual should reduce the amount of time the reader will ultimately spend with chosen legal counsel and, therefore, reduce to some degree the costs of legal services.

Wills and Estates Questions

 - Why have a will?  - How do I create a Will?  - Can a spouse elect against a will in this state? - How is a will revoked in this state? - What is an estate? - What is probate?   - What is intestate succession? - What is a testator? - What is an executor? - What is a holographic will ? - What is a codicil?What are estate taxes?Are there state inheritance or estate taxes? - What is a marital deduction? - What is a conservatorship? - What is a guardianship?- What is a power of Attorney?What is a living will? - What are exempt assets? - What is estate planning?- What is an irrevocable trust? - What is community property? - What is an administrator?-  

Sample Wills and Estates Forms

 - Probate Checklist  - General Power of Attorney For Business Affairs - Last Will and Testament 1: Standard Will - Last Will and Testament 2 Single Trust Will - Last Will and Testament 3 Two (Double) Trust Will - First Codicil to the Last Will and Testament - Living Will Declaration Realtive to the use of Life - Sustaining Procedures - Self-Proved Will

Wills and Estates Fillable Forms

 - Probate Checklist  - General Power of Attorney For Business Affairs - Simple Wills (to Children and to Spouse/Children) - Last Will and Testament 1 : Standard Will - Last Will and Testament 2: Single Trust Will - Last Will and Testament 3: Two (Double) Trust Will - Family Pot Trust-    Family Bypass Trust - Marital/Family Bypass Trust First Codicil to the last Will and Testament - Living Will Declaration Realative to the use of life-Sustaining Procedures - Petition for Guardianship - Petition for Conservatorship - Petition for Probate of Will - Notice of Probate of Will - Annual report - Accounting for Final Report - Self-Proved Will - Attestation Clause 


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Other Uses of this Wills and Estates Book

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On the other hand, the manual is also designed to bring to the legal community a better educated public. The massive amount of legal information that is available to the individual attorney would, without question, overwhelm a member of the public who is not trained to research and retrieve the information that would typically apply to a given subject such as probate. A competent attorney who is skilled in providing legal advice relative to probate matters should welcome to his or her office someone with a basic understanding of how a will is drafted. Therefore, the reader should take comfort in the fact that through the choice of this manual, it will be possible to meet in the attorney's office with a greater understanding of the subject matter involved.

This manual gives an overview and basic understanding through a question-and-answer format. It also furnishes some basic forms that most likely would be used in a given state. This manual should provide the general types of forms that an attorney might employ in responding to client needs and court requirements.

It is never recommended that an individual undertake his or her own representation in such matters as probate (wills and estates), even though most states do permit such activity. Any individual who is serious about resolving a probate problem would want to have capable legal assistance. Therefore, the reader is urged to contact a competent attorney who should welcome the fact that a client is arriving at his or her office with the information acquired from this manual. In other words, the reader should be a better informed member of the public by reading and reviewing the contents of this manual and, accordingly, should be better prepared to consult an attorney about wills and estates. Read on for a better understanding of probate matters.

Do's for Wills and Estate Books

  • Read this manual.
  • Remember to consult an attorney for legal problems.
  • Read the questions and answers in order to have a basic understanding of the subject matter which you have chosen, in this case, wills and estates law.
  • Pay special attention to detail, especially when completing forms for your attorney.
  • Approach resolving estate questions as a serious matter that requires patience for the long term and guidance to complete.
  • Enjoy the materials presented and use the materials for your benefit in acquiring new knowledge.

Don'ts for Wills and Estate Books

  • Make assumptions about wills and estates.
  • Expect this manual to be the substitute or a replacement for an attorney's implementation of resolving estate questions.
  • Expect that the questions and answers embellish all aspects of wills and estates.
  • Expect the forms contained here to be the only forms that you may need.
  • Rush through the materials or make assumptions (consult an attorney).
  • Expect that just anyone will have the answers to your questions. Read the manual and talk to your attorney.

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